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September 29, 2021

Julia Nee and Genevieve Smith (Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership at UC Berkeley Haas) will be presenting their paper "Advancing social justice through linguistic justice: Strategies for building equity fluent NLP technologies" (co-authored with Alicia Sheares and Ishita Rustagi) virtually at the the Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO ‘21) on October 7.

ASL at Berkeley, the first ASL club on campus, meets every other Wednesday to learn beginner signs, learn about Deaf culture and ableism, and build community! Additional information is available at the group's linktree. Please contact Beth Auclair with any questions.

The Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2021), taking place online from October 1 to 3, will feature presentations by the following Berkeley linguists:

Congrats, all!

September 28, 2021

Susan Steele, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley during 2018-19, has published a new book, The Table (Big Hat Press), "a memoir of the stages and changes in the life of the marriage between two academics." Click here for more information and to order the book.

September 27, 2021

TABLE: Toward a Better Linguistics Environment, a colloquium series taking place this fall, begins on Monday, October 4, with a talk by Kirby Conrod (Swarthmore; joining us virtually), held via Zoom and in person in Dwinelle 370 (hybrid) from 3-4:30pm. Those who would like to attend, including Berkeley linguists, need to register for the event regardless of mode of attendance (Zoom registration; in-person registration). The talk is entitled "How to ask the gender question," and the abstract is as follows:

A critical approach to methodology in linguistics research should include continuous examination of how demographic information is collected and operationalized. This presentation will give recommendations for strategies to avoid when designing research around gender and/or sex to avoid cissexist or transphobic bias. The presentation reviews several quantitative and qualitative approaches to sex and gender data in linguistics, and examines benefits and drawbacks of each.

Congratulations to Fey Parrill (BA 2000 with linguistics dept. honors; co-founder of the Berkeley Gesture and Multimodality Group), who has been promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University!

September 24, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Phorum - Friday Sep 24 - Zoom (online only) - 12-1pm
    AMP2021 practice talks
    - Francesco Burroni (Cornell), Raksit T. Lau-Preechathammarach (UC Berkeley), and Sireemas Maspong (Cornell): Unifying Initial Geminates and fortis stops via laryngeal specification: Three case studies from Pattani Malay, Salentino, and Dunan
    - Katie Russell: Nasal harmony and interactions with lexical strata in Paraguayan Guaraní
    - Maksymilian Dąbkowski: Prosody drives Paraguayan Guaraní suffix order
  • Phorum - Friday Oct 1 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    Yevgeniy Melguy (UC Berkeley): Mechanisms of listener adaptation in perceptual learning for speech.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Oct 1 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Practice NWAV talks.
    Please email Ben Papadopoulos for the Zoom link and/or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.

September 17, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sep 22 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Jack Martin (William & Mary): 85 Years after Haas: Collaborative Documentation of Muskogee (Creek) Oral History.
  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Wednesday Sep 22 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 4-5pm
    Language revitalization materials show-and-tell! Bring any language revitalization materials that you've been working on, that you've used in the past, or that you are inspired by. We will have a round-robin-style show-and-tell along with time for discussion. We'll ask everyone to briefly describe their material, what they liked about it, and what they didn't particularly like or would like feedback on.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    Jon Rawski (SJSU): Abductive learning of phonotactic constraints.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 24 - Zoom (online only) - 12-1pm
    AMP2021 practice talks
    Katie Russell: Nasal harmony and interactions with lexical strata in Paraguayan Guaraní
    Maksymilian Dąbkowski: Prosody drives Paraguayan Guaraní suffix order
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Discussion of Holliday & Squires 2021. Please email Ben Papadopoulos for the Zoom link and/or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Amy Rose Deal (UC Berkeley): The logic of agreement: Movement, morphology, and composite probes.

September 16, 2021

Congrats to Gašper Beguš on the publication of his article "Local and non-local dependency learning and emergence of rule-like representations in speech data by deep convolutional generative adversarial networks" in Computer Speech & Language! Click here to download the article (Open Access).

Gabriella Licata (Ph.D. Candidate, Romance Linguistics) and co-instructor Will Schuerman (UCSF - Chang Lab) are teaching a new course this fall at San Quentin State Prison entitled "Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies" that addresses a variety of themes centered around linguistic discrimination. This course is offered through the accredited associate's degree program through Mount Tamalpais College.

September 15, 2021

NELS is again remote this year, hosted online by Rutgers on Halloween weekend. The program has just been released, advertising talks by numerous Cal linguists and alumni:

Congrats all!

September 14, 2021

Hannah Sande will be giving an invited talk at the Epenthesis Workshop at Stony Brook on Friday called "Epenthesis or deletion? CVCV~CCV alternations in Kru languages." Congrats, Hannah!

September 13, 2021

Darya Kavitskaya and Florian Wandl (University of Zurich) will present at the Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM) on September 16 in the special session "Phonological diversity matters." The title of the talk is "A rare contrast in Slavic: The palatalization of rhotics." The conference program is available here.

September 12, 2021

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Wesley dos Santos added recordings of 78 texts in Juma and Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau (Tupian; Brazil) to his collection of Kawahiva language materials, principally stories told by Mandei Juma, with some conversations with Aruká Juma and Awip Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau.
  • The California Language Archive hosted a visit by Susan Albright, Heidi Barlese, Nicholas Cortez, and Candace Gonzalez, sponsored by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, to consult archival materials related to Northern Paiute (Numic, Uto-Aztecan; CA, OR, ID, NV). They worked with original notes written by native speaker Gilbert Natchez (c1882-1942) from the 1910s (e.g., here), other papers associated with Walter L. Marsden (1858-1913), recordings by Margaret Wheat (1908-1988), notes and recordings by Sydney Lamb (PhD 1957), and recordings by Michael Nichols (PhD 1974). The group also visited the Bancroft Library.

September 10, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sep 15 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Ronald Sprouse (UC Berkeley): Computing needs of Linguistics Department field research.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 10 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    David Gaddy (UC Berkeley): Decoding silent speech with electromyography.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    Jon Rawski (SJSU): Abductive learning of phonotactic constraints.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 10 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Organizational meeting. Please email Ben Papadopoulos for the Zoom link and/or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    TBD.
  • Zoom Phonology - Monday Sep 13 - Zoom - 10-11am
    Myke Brinkerhoff (UCSC): Tone and phonation in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec.
    For the Zoom link or to be added to the Zoom Phonology mailing list, contact Karee Garvin.

September 6, 2021

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Christine Beier and Lev Michael archived a new collection related to their fieldwork in 2008 and 2010 with rememberers of Aʔɨwa (isolate; Peru) Delia Luisa Andi Macahuachi and María Estrella Clavoy. The collection consists of sound recordings of elicitation sessions, field notes, photographs, and transcriptions in TextGrids. Some file bundles were designed specifically to be referenced in their chapter on the language in Epps and Michael's (forthcoming) Amazonian Languages: An International Handbook.

September 3, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sep 8 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3:10-4pm
    Zachary O'Hagan (UC Berkeley): Lessons from the Preservation of the Ashaninka Collection of Gerald Weiss.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 3 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    Round robin. Feel free to bring any data you'd like to talk through with the group!
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 10 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Organizational meeting. Please email Ben Papadopoulos for the Zoom link and/or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Sep 3 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Erika Mayer (UMass Amherst): Likelihood, Predictability, and the Online Processing of Even.

August 31, 2021

Congratulations to Alice Shen (PhD 2020), who has accepted a position as a computational linguist at Grammarly!

August 30, 2021

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Anthropologist Fernando Santos-Granero (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) archived a new collection related to his fieldwork with speakers of Yanesha' (Arawak; Peru) between 1977 and 1984. The collection consists of over 75 sound recordings of interviews, stories, myths, and songs, together with many photographs. Transcriptions and translations will be added at a later date.
  • We released a new collection of recordings and field notes from the 2020-2021 graduate field methods on Paraguayan Guaraní (Tupian; Paraguay) taught by Lev Michael, with language consultants María Gómez and Irma Ovelar.
  • We reorganized materials related to the 1983-1984 graduate field methods course on Hopi (Uto-Aztecan; Arizona) into a new collection. The class was taught by Leanne Hinton, with language consultants Roy Albert and Bob Namoki.
  • Esther Ramer (PhD Ancient Greek & Roman Studies 2021) archived a sound recording (with transcription and translation) of a story, 'The Settling of MacDowell Lake,' told by Albert James, and transcribed and translated by Ivan Ramer.
  • We digitized Yuen Ren Chao's (1967) lecture Dimensions of Fidelity in Translation, the 54th Annual Faculty Research Lecture, sponsored by the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and hosted by Chancellor Roger Heyns.

August 27, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week: